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Metroid Prime (GCN) - 100% 1:24 - Besmir Sheqi


Published 2007


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100% speed run of Metroid Prime in 21 segments, completed on October 23, 2007. Available in six versions: low/normal quality DivX, and normal/high/insane/low quality H.264 MPEG-4.

Author's comments:
After i heard about the terrible news i would like to dedicate this run to Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, R.I.P. First of all i feel constrained to thank him for these awesome games Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3 Corruption. In my opinion these three games are the greatest games ever made, especially the first Metroid Prime (especially because it was the first 3-D Metroid), and after that comes Metroid Prime 3 Corruption. Then i would also like to thank the whole Retro Studios team for its great work through all these years. Also special thanks to retro's David "Zoid" Kirsch (the original Zoid). Some of you might have noticed that i named myself after him, and of course David Kirsch is the main reason why i named myself zoid so i am very honored to bear the same nickname as him. David "Zoid" Kirsch was also the teammate of Mark Haigh-Hutchinson since they were both senior engineers of retro studios.

This is definitely my best Speed Run of my life, it's even better than my 1:03. There is barely any error in this run. It is four minutes faster than the probably most popular 1:28 breakthrough by bartendorsparky and according to my time it has to be a great speedrun. Though sparky did his 1:28 in only three weeks so his 1:28 is definitely very good for doing it in only 3 weeks. Well there is not much to say about this run cause there is no mistake in this run, it's really my most beautiful speedrun and if someone asked me: "which of your own runs is your favourite?" i would say it's definitely this one. I am not sure whether this is the most optimized Metroid Prime speedrun ever but i am sure my 100% 1:24 and pirate109's PAL 100% 1:30 are definitely the two most optimized Metroid Prime speedruns ever. With all the random stuff in Metroid Prime it is impossible to do a perfect speedrun but the job of us speedrunners is to drive the time as close to perfect as possible. I think the perfect time for a TAS (tool-assisted) Metroid Prime Single-segment 100% speedrun would be maybe around 1:20. That's the time a programmed bot could get, but for us humans 1:20 is impossible.

I started this run at the same time when i started my any percent 1:03 and you will notice that the first three parts of my 100% 1:24 run are the same first three parts as in my any% 1:03. I did that to save time and effort. But i finished the 1:03 much sooner because i was mainly working on the 1:03. After i finished the 1:03 i started working more intensely on this 100% run. Well this is almost an up to date-run; as far as i know the only minor speed tricks i missed in this run are the faster Flaahgra method with the dashes and the ghetto jump in Geo core to get to the ice beam door which leads to the plasma beam in plasma processing. At the time i was working on those segments (in the any% and in the 100% run) i didn't know about those two speed tricks yet so i think it's not my fault and nobody can blame me for not doing it. Being a speedrunner means you must always try to stay up to date and this is not so easy because there are probably a million people out there in the internet who visit those sites and theoretically everyone of them could discover something new. And nowadays there are still being discovered plenty of minor speed tricks every month (if not every couple of weeks) in Metroid Prime so there is no chance for me to stay always up to date especially when i don't get online often. And by the way those two speed tricks i missed are minor ones, especially the ghetto jump in geo core is a very minor one. As far as i know the faster flaahgra method saves only about five to seven seconds, and the ghetto jump in geo core even saves only about two or three second, and both together would add up to ten seconds so it doesn't matter unless those 10 seconds would be the difference between 1:24 and 1:23 which (i'm pretty sure) isn't. Unfortunately my 1:24 was just too far away from 1:23:59 (I timed it being at least a 1:24:40) so there is no chance for me to get 1:23.

Thardus was really fast done with five power bombs and i also did the Meta-Ridley's fly-by skip again in this run but Luckily this time i didn't suffer as much as in my 1:03 and i got the ridley's fly-by skip-segment much sooner. I think the best boss fight of all was definitely the metroid prime fight; in a 100% run it would be fastest to fight prime only with the Ice Spreader during the first form fight and that's what pretty much happened in this run. Metroid Prime was cooperative and he always used his ice form so i could always use the Ice spreader as the fastest weapon agains prime's first form, allowing me to save plenty of time and get the optimal five minute final segment. I have estimated the optimal final segment for a 100% run would be around 5:00 (5 minutes) and i timed my final segment as being about 5:02 or 5:03 so it's almost as close to perfect as possible. I would have to get a 4 minute final segment for 1:23 and that's not possible, the current fastest time for the final segment is 5 minutes, and as far as i know this is the first time that the final segment has been done in five minutes.

Now this year is over and when i look back to this year i think the year 2007 was definitely the golden year and the highlight year of metroid prime, with more prime runs than any of the other previous years. For me 2007 was my golden year and my Metroid Prime 100% 1:24 speedrun clearly is one of the best speedruns of 2007. When i started my 100% run i would have never believed that i would break the 1:25 mark. I am very satisfied with my 100% 1:24, i am so happy with my 100% 1:24 and i am very proud of it. Maybe you think i have only done Any% and 100% runs but no low% run yet. Yes i have done a 22% 1:34 run which can be seen at archive.org so with that one i should have done all categories this year.

Without Sparky's famous 100% 1:28 i probably would have never been able to do such a great 100% 1:24 run. His 1:28 was the guideline for this run and so i would first like to give a huge thanks to Bartendorsparky who supported me a lot with his (3-week-rushed) 100% 1:28; sparky is my favourite speedrunner, in my opinion he is the best and most talented metroid prime/3D-Metroid player and speedrunner in the world and he is also a very friendly and modest person and he always helped me and gave me advices for metroid prime and i find it really kind of him :) so thank you so much Sparky. Further i would like to thank pirate109 who also supported me a lot with his awesome pal 100% 1:30 breakthrough, and also thanks to Stefan van Dijke who also helped me a lot and gave me advices for metroid prime and who is also one of my favourite speedrunners. Thanks also to nate who always likes my runs, who always cheers me on and who is also a very friendly person and who received and processed all my runs through all these years. Thanks also to DjGrenola for making it possible and still giving me the space for this record at SDA. Also thanks to Radix who brought me to Metroid Prime and who sympathized especially the 100% category for me with his famous and legendary 100% 1:37 breakthrough, and thanks to all those i forgot to mention.

Finally thanks again to Nate, DjGrenola and Radix for processing my runs, getting it online and for these awesome websites Speeddemosarchive and Metroid 2002. I hope you like and enjoy this run and i hope you see lots of new stuff in it.

Cheers!

zoid


Producer Besmir 'zoid' Sheqi
Audio/Visual sound, color


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Captured by <a href="http://nate.metroid2002.com/blog/">Nate</a>.

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